While building this website, I've had the unique experience of reading about hundreds of books I wouldn't otherwise have come across. A few, those listed below, sounded so great that I wanted to add them to my "must read someday" list.
So... while I haven't read a single one of the books below (and therefore can't personally vouch for their individual quality) they all sounded so good that I added them to this list.
by Mark Helprin
I want/need/will/look forward to reading this book for several reasons. In no particular order: 1) my Uncle, who's an extremely discriminating reader who rarely reads fiction loves this book. 2) Helprin's A Winter's Tale is one of my favorite novels of all time and I'm told this one is just as good. 3) I love history and find historical backdrops to novels a fantastic way to pick up a little knowledge on the side.
by James A. Michener
Jon Christensen from Lehi, Utah says:
A spectacular adventure through the ages of Israel from the simple beginnings to the devastating modern wars as you venture up and up through an archaeological dig site. You get to meet and love characters from every historical era, and you can even learn a little history while you're at it. Truly a monumental piece of fiction.
by Philip Roth
Rodney Welch from Columbia, SC says:
With his third novel, Roth truly found a voice he could speak through: a young Jewish lawyer, speaking from the psychiatric couch, whose life is one long litany of sexual, religious, and social neuroses.
The book is frank, filthy, and very, very funny: a hilarious stand-up routine and a most inspired literary performance. One of those books that is just absolutely assured from the beginning. A comic masterpiece of the first order.
by Slavomir Rawicz
Simeon Stolzberg says:
Although controversial, this adventure is so preposterous that I want to believe it's true. A small group escapes from a frozen Soviet Gulag and walks to freedom in India, meeting incredible people along the route. It's a page-turner.
by John D. Fitzgerald
Note that this book was published posthumously from notes left behind by the author. Having read it, it's a nice piece of nostalgia and a must-read for any fan of the original seven Great Brain books... but it's definitely not quite as good as the others.
by Marc Levinson
Ok. I'll admit, this book sounds... BORING. But it's supposed to be downright fascinating so heck, I'll read it.
by Ishmael Beah
Jana Sosnowski from CA says:
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a must-read for a citizen of todayís world. At times a very difficult read, the descriptions of violence and pain are extremely graphic; Beah does an excellent job of transporting you not only into his world, but also into his mind and emotion. You can feel his turmoil in his early decision-making, and as he progresses you are almost numbed right along with him. This book was beautifully descriptive and simply constructed. You canít help but fall in love with Beah. It sheds light on a very painful and prevalent occurrence in our world today.
by Chuck Palahniuk
I usually don't seek out a book after I've seen a movie version. Yes, the book is almost always better but once you know what's going to happen, the plot no longer matters and it becomes solely an exercise in appreciating the language. In this case though, I was so blown away by the movie I have to read the book. Furthermore, there's an incredible plot twist that worked extremely well in a movie and yet I can't figure out how it would work in a book. Time will tell I suppose. :-)
by Donald Hall
I came across this book while working on another list. A trusted friend, Dervala, described it as:
"There's lots of joy in this book. It's a clear-eyed and unsentimental look at sickness and death, but a good chunk of it is the story of their unusual marriage and how they lived and worked."
Beyond that, I don't want to learn any more. I trust Dervala and I want to read this book some day and I think it will have that much more impact if I go into it clean.
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